A Pre-Schooler Taught Me This…..

Yesterday I talked about going guilt-free when it comes to food and having an open relationship with it. I gave you some things to ask yourself and I hope it helps you. But I left feeling like I was unclear…like I didn’t really state the facts as I see them so here it is:

You have to take responsibility for your actions and your decisions. Eat the cheeseburger and fries or not. Say yes to dessert or No… it is your choice.

I say, make conscious decisions; choose to be on or off. I don’t just miss a workout. I choose not to work as scheduled. I don’t just start munching on chips; I choose to eat some chips with my sandwich this day. I don’t give in to cravings of chocolate or ice cream; I decide that I do in fact really want them and that I will feel better and not worse after I eat them (if that is in fact the case).

I know that all of these actions have consequences and I know that those consequences MAY push my reaching my goal out further but I am the one making those decisions so I accept full responsibility for the results of those decisions (I say May push the date out cause your plan should allow treats, so if it’s on plan then not all treat will push out your goal attainment). On measurement and picture day I know that I get what I worked for. If it’s fantastic it’s cause I did an extraordinarily focused job of sticking to my plan. If they’re good but not great, I can look back and know my decisions directed that. If I’m less than pleased…..I know exactly what consistent decisions led to that result.

I accept responsibility for all of it. No one shoved that mojito down my throat. My car did not drive itself to Coldstone for the 4th time this month….(not true just an example, lol. I swear). It’s me, I did it all and I never felt one ounce of guilt about it.

Now do I learn from my decisions? Yes of course. I learn that if I want to reach a certain goal by a certain date I may need to make different decisions. I may be disappointed but there is no one to blame but myself. No guilt, no regrets. Food is my friend…..there are just some friends I may need to visit less.

In the words of pre-school children everywhere: “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”.

Conscious, guilt-free choices. Focus on that in 2012.

On another note: All this month I am leading 7:30 am outdoor workouts on Mondays and Wednesdays and they are open to ALL. That means YOU. I’m celebrating my 4th year in service and I thought I’d give you a present. Doesn’t matter if you used to come to BBC all the time. Came once or twice a long time ago, have never been and really want to…..7:30am is open to you (that means fre.e). Just shoot me an email and let me know when you want to start (I plan the workouts based on expected class size). Classes are in front of the BBC studio in South Sacramento. Come see me.